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Istvan Orosz

Graphic designer, printmaker, teacherat Utisz Bt.
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory, Fine Arts 2D, Illustration, Painting, 2D Forms, Optics, Visual Perception, Video, Film, Writing, Literature, Poetry

ISTVÁN OROSZ (1951) Hungarian graphic artist and an animated film maker. Graduated at the Hungarian University of Arts and Design in Budapest in 1975. His individual graphic works of art are often related to postmodernism by archaic forms, art historical references, stylistic quotations and playful self-reflection. Themes of the natural sciences, especially of geometry and optics appear in most of his works. He is also concerned with the theories of vision and sight such as the way the beholder’s hypothetical expectations influence the visual and empirical perception of spatial constructions. He is likely to experiment with the extremes, paradoxes of the representation of the perspective to create the illusion of space. Also he does experiements to renew the techniques of anamorphosis when he distorts the pictures in such a way that it can only be seen from a particular aspect or in such a way that its new layer of meaning only reveals by the interposition of reflective surfaces. Orosz is a regular participant in international art exhibitions, symposiums, filmfestivals. He was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Letters.
Utisz (pronounced: Outis, means ‘Nobody’), his pseudonym is used since 1984 and it was also Odyssey’s feigned name in the well-known affair with the Cyclops that ended in the blinding of the monster’s only eye. According to Orosz’s symbolic and ironic name, his art is a kind of attack on the eye.

Journal Articles:
The Leonardo Gallery

Homage to Escher

February 2000